World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is celebrated on 20 November each year in tribute to those transgender men and women who have lost their lives to hate crimes or suffered from prejudice. TDoR began in San Francisco and is now held worldwide, bringing greater visibility to the transgender community highlighting the hatred and ignorance transgender people face daily.
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) is celebrated on May 17 each year in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal, with 1600 events reported from 1280 organizations in 2014. These mobilisations unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
The consultation will be the follow up meeting after the Nepal meeting. The overall objective of this consultation is to develop a ways forward to advance the agenda of transgender people in Asia Pacific and to provide inputs in to the Asia Pacific Transgender Health Blue Print. The consultation aims to produce key messages and recommendations to strengthening the progressive advocacy work of Transgender individuals and support law and policy official make informed decisions which are grounded in evidence.
‘Being LGBT in Asia’ is a ground-breaking, first-of-its-kind joint analysis undertaken by UNDP and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) together with grassroots lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations and community leaders to understand the challenges faced by LGBT people in Asia. Working on eight countries – Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam – the effort examines LGBT lived experiences from human rights and development perspectives. The regional consultation will be under the ‘Being LGBT in Asia’ initiative and bring together more than 200 LGBT people, experts, government and other related stakeholders across the Asia and the Pacific.
This 3-day consultation is supported by UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub under the Multi-Country South Asia (MSA) Global Fund HIV Programme, together with APTN, USAID, PEPFAR and the Health Policy Project. It will be the first of its kind in South Asia, bringing together key Transgender and Hijra activists from South Asia and the wider Asia Pacific region to share their common culture and history while discussing their human rights and health needs and challenges. The overall objective of this consultation is to develop ways to advance the Transgender and Hijra agenda in South Asia and to provide inputs into the Asia Pacific Transgender Blue Print. The consultation aims to produce key messages and recommendations to strengthen the progressive advocacy work of Trans/Hijra individuals and support law officials and policymakers in informed decisions which are grounded in evidence.
The Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV and AIDS will be convened by ESCAP, in cooperation with UNAIDS, UNDP and other relevant United Nations entities, from 28 to 30 January 2015 at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok. The Meeting will be convened in pursuance of the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Intensifying Our Efforts to Eliminate HIV and AIDS, which mandates the regional commissions to conduct periodic, inclusive reviews of national efforts and progress to combat HIV, and in accordance with the ESCAP Roadmap to 2015 endorsed by the 2012 Asia-Pacific High-Level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Assessment of Progress against Commitments in the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS and the Millennium Development Goals.